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Obama's Rosh Hashanah message: L'shana Tova Tikatevu

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2010

Below is a transcript of the President's videotaped remarks on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah. To watch the video please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2010/09/07/president-obama-greeting-rosh-hashanah

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF ROSH HASHANAH

As Jews in America and around the world celebrate the first of the High Holy Days I want to extend my warmest wishes for the New Year. L'shana Tova Tikatevu - may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the spiritual calendar and the birth of the world. It serves as a reminder of the special relationship between God and his children, now and always. And it calls us to look within ourselves - to repent for our sins; recommit ourselves to prayer; and remember the blessings that come from helping those in need.

Today, those lessons ring as true as they did thousands of years ago. And as we begin this New Year, it is more important than ever to believe in the power of humility and compassion to deepen our faith and repair our world.

At a time when too many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, it is up to us to do what we can to help those less fortunate.

At a time when prejudice and oppression still exist in the shadows of our society, it is up to us to stand as a beacon of freedom and tolerance and embrace the diversity that has always made us stronger as a people.

And at a time when Israelis and Palestinians have returned to direct dialogue, it is up to us to encourage and support those who are willing to move beyond their differences and work towards security and peace in the Holy Land. Progress will not come easy, it will not come quick. But today we had an opportunity to move forward, toward the goal we share--two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

The scripture teaches us that there is "a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." In this season of repentance and renewal, let us commit ourselves to a more hopeful future.

Michelle and I wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health and prosperity.

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2 Comments

With Mayor Daley's announcement of not running for re-election, could Obama's RESIGNATION Be Far Behind?? You know just trying to one up the Daleys.
Think of the advantages...
1. Obama and his wife can go on vacation with no one taking shots at them for going on 7 vacations in one year!!
HE WOULD HAVE A PERMANENT VACATION!
2. Obama could go into training to become an astronaut and he can become the first former President to go into outer space!!!
3. And, as MSNBC's Chris Matthews pointed out last week, this is Obama's chance to get out from under the tyranny of the teleprompters that have been telling him what to say!
So,this Rosh Hashanah can be the beginning of a true liberation for he nation, and for President Obama, by his admitting he has failed badly, and offering his resignation!

I can only hope that Obama would step down. He and his political party have been a failure for the US. Too much money has been spent in the wrong ways. People need to go back to work. More jobs for our people out of work would get this economy going. We need to reduce the salaries and terms of politicians. They get payed too much for doing too little.

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